There are only a few days left until this year’s VMworld (August 28 –September 1) and I couldn’t be more excited. We’ve been working hand in glove with VMware to develop jointly engineered and integrated solutions for the virtualized environment that will help our customers optimize their VMware investments. VCE the Converged Platforms Division of EMC will be out in full force at the event to demonstrate how customers can modernize their data center through converged platforms and solutions, built on a solid foundation of VMware technologies, to reduce IT complexity and drive business value.The amazing success of the Converged Platforms and Solutions Division is based on our ability to constantly evolve our product and solutions portfolio in keeping with the needs of our customers. With every product, solution or platform announced we have accelerated our customers’ journey towards a simplified and faster IT environment, whilst also offering more choice than ever before to meet a diverse range of workloads, applications and use cases. Ahead of VMworld we will make two significant announcements regarding Enterprise Hybrid Cloud and Native Hybrid Cloud which will further simplify customers’ journey to cloud. Watch this space for more details.At the show itself we have an action packed agenda with the highlight being Chad Sakac’s breakout session – The Edge is Still Bleeding: A face-melting technical smorgasbord of all things Converged, Hyper-Converged, Cloud Native and Software Defined, on Tuesday, August 30 from 1-2 p.m.Another not to be missed and popular session will be the Ask the Experts panel discussion – Titans of Tech, on Wednesday, August 31 from 11:30 – 12:30. The discussion will focus on insights from experts who have reshaped the tech industry. Participating panelists are our very own Chad Sakac, Kit Colbert from VMware, and Rick Scherer from EMC. Bring your questions, learn about what drives their excitement for technology and have some fun in the process.If you are joining us in Las Vegas, be sure to visit us on the show floor, booth number 1223 where you can check out a wide range of our latest solutions including converged systems (VxBlock, VxRack and VxRail) and solutions (Enterprise Hybrid Cloud and Native Hybrid Cloud), and hear directly from our customers such as NorthCountry Federal Credit Union, Rent-a-Center, Energy Future Holdings, and Insight. These customers will explain how they have partnered with the Converged Platforms and Solutions Division to drive IT transformation strategies which result in simplified IT operations, lower operational costs and reduced risk.In keeping with our firm focus on customers and their feedback we will also host our annual VMworld VCE User Group (VUG) meeting on Monday, August 29, 2-5pm at Red Square in Mandalay Bay, Las Vegas. The VCE User Group (VUG) is an independent, user-run organization dedicated to helpingmembers maximize the value of their VCE deployments. These meetings are a great opportunity for customers and prospects to interact with other customers, and the Converged Platforms and Solutions team members, in order to share best practices and learn what their peers are doing with converged platforms and solutions. Customers such as Rent-A-Center and NorthCountry Federal Credit Union will be sharing their experience of partnering with the Converged Platforms and Solutions Division of EMC.As always we will provide you with latest updates, developments and insight from the show and post-show commentary via Chad Sakac’s Virtual Geek blog posts and other subject matter experts’ blogs on Vblog. Our social media team will live tweet from the converged platforms and solutions sessions at the main booth and breakout sessions. Get real time updates with our designated live tweeters including @youngp2, @sakacc, @JohnPaul_G, @VCE and more!I’m tremendously excited about our presence at the show and believe that it will be an insightful and thought provoking look into how the Converged Platforms and Solutions Division can maximize the value of your investments in VMware.We’re ready for tomorrow…… are you?
As PEAK16 comes to a close, I would like to recap some of highlights from the numerous conversations with our world class and loyal VAR community.From the stage, the close to 744 channel partners in attendance heard about the latest ways to protect customers while ensuring IT is a business enabler, especially in light of the growing pervasiveness of ransomware. I trust that all those who attended are leaving Las Vegas with expanded knowledge, tools and solutions to equip their customers to open their own ‘Department of Yes.’ We have an amazing VAR base who deploy and manage secure networks for 32 percent of the SME market (According to Infonetics Q1 2016).We highlighted the new SonicWALL Capture Advance Threat Protection Service which is fully operational and provides arguably the best Advanced Persistent Threat (APT) and ransomware prevention in the market. This cloud based service, available with Dell SonicWALL firewalls, provides advanced threat detection and sandboxing with a multi-engine approach to stopping unknown and zero-day attacks at the gateway and with automated remediation.New Cloud Security Management Solution to meet growing demand for Security-as-a-ServiceIn order to help our VARs drive operational efficiency and meet the growing demand for security-as-a-service, Dell SonicWALL announced a technology preview of its Cloud Security Management Solution. This Cloud Global Management System (GMS) will enable partners to scale even faster, with streamlined deployment, management and reporting. We are in beta today.PEAK16—The Buzz in the HallsBeyond the official keynotes and breakout sessions, the buzz at Peak16 was around the upcoming acquisition of SonicWALL by Francisco Partners and Evergreen. Announced earlier this summer, the sale will allow SonicWALL to become an even more nimble and strategic network security solution provider. Our new Secure First Partner Program will help partners differentiate their offerings in the marketplace, while ensuring we provide the right partners increased profitability based on the level of value they provide to our customers.“I started attending Dell SonicWALL’s PEAK again since it relaunched in 2014. During this period my company has grown in excess of 30 percent each year with SonicWALL network security solutions and as a result just recently outgrew our office space and relocated to our own building two weeks ago. I don’t think this growth is by any accident, as the networking, contacts and content at these PEAK16 Conferences leave me charged up with new ideas and seeking new opportunities to expand our business,” said Steven J. Ryder, president, True North Networks, LLC.It was great to reconnect in-person with our channel partners at PEAK16. Thanks to our loyal partner network, our solutions are actively providing secure access to more than one million networks, ranging from small businesses to leading retail and education institutions.
Dell EMC The Source 78 – Microsoft Azure and Azure StackClouds come in many shapes, sizes and personalities. The Microsoft Azure Stack promises to deliver to users the ability to choose the hybrid deployment that works best for them, with a common process and set of tools for Azure and Azure Stack. As we have discussed, all clouds run on Infrastructure, and who better to deliver a fully integrated on-prem Azure Stack than Dell EMC. This week I spent some time with Paul Galjan (@PaulGaljan), Sr. Director Microsoft Hybrid Cloud Solutions at Dell EMC.The Source Podcast: Episode #78: Azure and Azure StackAudio Playerhttp://traffic.libsyn.com/thesource/EMC_The_Source_Episode_78_audio.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Don’t miss “Dell EMC The Source” app in the App Store. Be sure to subscribe to Dell EMC The Source Podcast on iTunes, Stitcher Radio or Google Play and visit the official blog at thesourceblog.emc.comEMC: The Source Podcast is hosted By Sam Marraccini (@SamMarraccini)
Hour of Code began as a one-hour introduction to computer science, designed to “demystify” code, to show that anybody can learn the basics, and to broaden participation in the field of computer science. It has since become a worldwide effort in over 180 countries reaching tens of millions of students around the world.What began as one-hour coding activities has expanded to all kinds of community efforts that take place all year round, with a special emphasis during Computer Science Education Week in December. Inspired by the Hour of Code mission, global Dell Digital and IT team members banded together to bring the study of computer science to nearly 1,500 students worldwide.In celebration of computer science, Dell team members reached out to local schools in their communities, and in some regions, invited students to the Dell campus.In the United States, our team members worked with over 1,325 students in Texas and Massachusetts, visiting Wells Branch Elementary (Austin, TX), Liberty Hill Junior High (Liberty Hill, TX), W. Edward Balmer Elementary School (Whitinsville, MA) and Northbridge Middle School (Northbridge, MA).In India, 90 students had the opportunity to visit one of three Dell sites in Bangalore and Hyderabad and participate in Hour of Code and one-on-one coaching with our team members. The event was attended by several leaders, including Hemal Shah and JP Sarkis. In Malaysia, our team members joined 35 students in year seven at ELC International School for an Hour of Code session.Lisa Gogolinski, a technology teacher at Northbridge Middle School in Whitinsville, Massachusetts, noted that “the guests we hosted from Dell were fabulous. They were genuine, enthusiastic and were wonderful speakers to my teen audience. What great role models for my students’ young eyes.” She hopes to have Dell back to Northbridge Middle School for another Hour of Code session in the future.Similarly, Shahab Alizadeh, head of computing at ELC International School in Cyberjaya, Malaysia, remarked that students found the Hour of Code session to be both informative and enjoyable and are “now more eager to move towards coding as one of their future ambition careers.”Parents also praised the Dell volunteers, excited to see a passion for technology as a field of study and potential future career begin to develop in their young students. Many parents have inquired to learn more about Code.Org and how their child can continue their education in computer science at home. One parent wrote the following to Mrs. Gogolinski, expressing her gratitude for the Hour of Code session and the impact it had on her daughter:“I just wanted to write you a note to let you know that Sarah thoroughly enjoyed your technology class today and the visitors from Dell!!! What a great thing to do! Thank you very much. Sarah is very proud of her ‘code’ certificate and it sounds like it was a huge success on many levels.Thank you so much for all that you.”Every student should have the opportunity to study computer science. It helps nurture problem-solving skills, logic, and creativity. By starting early, students will have a foundation for success in any 21st-century career path. We look forward to continuing computer science education in our communities with future events already planned for the new year!
We launched the Dell EMC Integrated Data Protection Appliance (IDPA) last year with our channel partners in mind. IDPA is a converged, all-in-one data protection solution that is fast to deploy and converges protection storage and software, search and analytics, and cloud tier for long-term retention—in a single appliance.We have now made IDPA even easier to manage and upgrade – all things that make it easier for our channel partners to sell IDPA. Specifically, we are announcing the addition of IDPA System Manager, a centralized and intuitive management and monitoring user interface, increased cloud readiness, and improved data protection for VMware workloads.With these new improvements, IDPA takes a massive step forward by providing enhanced simplicity, ease of use and more powerful data protection for your customers and helps them take better advantage of the cloud as part of their data protection.IDPA now has even more to offer—providing an exciting opportunity for our partners to help the existing customers refresh their protection solution as well as offer new customers’ simple and powerful Dell EMC data protection. Check out Dell EMC Data Protection portal page to access sales and marketing resources available for your leverage.Ease of Use with Centralized Management & Monitoring via Modern New UIThe new IDPA System Manager UI provides centralized monitoring and management, with easy-to-use intuitive navigation. A majority of daily activities, such as reporting, setting policies and initiating backup, can be handled directly from the IDPA System Manager. IDPA System Manager also provides customizable dashboards for easy real-time monitoring of customers’ data protection environment.Watch the video:Modern and Comprehensive Cloud ReadinessModern and efficient cloud readiness is the centerpiece of Dell EMC products and strategy. We continue to evolve our products to support all aspects of our customers’ cloud journey. IDPA was launched with native Cloud Tier for long-term retention and archiving to public or private cloud. Now, with this announcement we are introducing Cloud Disaster Recovery for IDPA. This add-on feature enables virtual machine images protected on IDPA to be copied to object storage within Amazon Web Services for a modern, cost-efficient disaster recovery solution that takes advantage of the cloud. This service can be used to orchestrate and automate disaster recovery (DR) testing, DR failover and failback to/ from the cloud in a disaster scenario. No data protection infrastructure is needed for the failover/recovery within AWS, and no compute resources are needed until a failover occurs – greatly reducing costs. With Cloud Disaster Recovery, IDPA enables customers to leverage cloud across diverse cloud use-cases and benefit from the cloud economics and efficiencies for data protection with minimal additional learning or operational costs.Plus…better VMware data protection and operational improvementsNew VM file-level recovery enables recovery of multiple files, single files or folders. And, operational enhancements make IDPA even easier to maintain.Access Dell EMC sales Knowledge Center today to learn more about the Dell EMC IDPA. Check out the Dell EMC IDPA home page and follow @DellEMCProtect on Twitter for our latest announcements and content.
Many organizations consider data to be their most valuable asset, but unfortunately it can also be among the most vulnerable. Without a robust data center cybersecurity strategy, the risks of data loss and data unavailability constantly loom, threatening costly outages, downtime, malware attacks and other nontrivial business consequences. Furthermore, when you consider the additional challenges associated with data management such as compliance requirements and opportunity for human error, there are many reasons for IT teams to lose sleep.These concerns are particularly daunting at smaller and growing organizations, where there are often limited budgets and resources to address and mitigate problems. Although security is a top priority, it’s also the most frequently cited skills shortfall and concern among mid-market IT leaders. The good news is you don’t have to embark on your IT transformation journey alone—and by implementing and streamlining trusted data center solutions you’re equipped to become more competitive.Trusted Data Center Leaders experience organization-wide benefitsNew research from ESG confirms that organizations in the mid-market segment achieve quantifiable benefits by prioritizing the security of their data center and utilizing modern storage platforms. To understand the competitive advantages afforded to Trusted Data Center Leaders, ESG conducted a survey of 1,650 IT decision makers at organizations with 100-999 employees.Of the organizations surveyed, only seven percent met the criteria to be classified as a Trusted Data Center Leader, meaning they aligned to the following infrastructure, security and data protection best practices:They refresh and retire data center infrastructure regularly, with an average age of server and storage systems at less than three years.They strongly believe that trusted technologies matter and have an organizational commitment to security features across infrastructure technology.They have successfully implemented secure and reliable infrastructure technology, including capabilities to encrypt sensitive data and replicate most or all data to secondary systems.Despite comprising a small portion of the survey sample, Leaders experience significant benefits compared to their peers who have not fully committed to the same IT practices:Leaders are 7X more likely to view their application and system uptime as excellent.Leaders experience an average of 60 percent reduction in the cost of downtime, saving as much as $20M per year.Leaders are 1X more successful at attaining customer satisfaction scores that exceed expectations.92 percent of Leaders report that their infrastructure investments to maximize uptime and availability and minimize security risk have met or exceeded ROI forecasts.Improve growth and productivity with secure storage infrastructureOrganizations who lead in data center trust not only prevent data outages but gain greater control of their IT environment and protect the integrity of their brand. Advanced data protection features make this possible by ensuring protection against data corruption, compromise and loss. Looking specifically at storage infrastructure, Leaders consistently reported a higher presence of data protection features that safeguard on-premises data such as automatic send-site failover capabilities, multi-system replication, self-encrypting drives, data snapshots and clones.If you’re not sure how to incorporate these capabilities into your data center strategy, fear not! Dell Technologies offers the broadest portfolio of trusted infrastructure and data protection solutions, specifically designed for the needs of growing businesses. Our secure storage solutions are engineered to store, manage and safeguard data in each array, ensuring you’re protected as you scale. And, because we understand future technology needs can be difficult to predict, we make it easy to adopt transformative offerings with a breadth of flexible payment solutions, including consumption-based and as-a-service options. For additional support, Dell Technologies Services are available to help you confidently deploy and optimize your infrastructure for continued success.All-inclusive storage solutions that propel your organization furtherDell EMC Unity XT is our award-winning, midrange unified storage offering that is designed for performance, optimized for efficiency and built for a multi-cloud world. Unity XT helps you simplify your path to IT transformation and unlock the full potential of your data with more IOPS, memory and drives to scale to the needs of your business. Your investment is further protected with a dual-active controller architecture and enterprise-class data services. Implementing Unity XT immediately ensures your data is secure and protected with robust features that include native sync/async replication, snapshots and data-at-rest encryption across the entire array. The no-compromise design also includes Dynamic Pools for faster drive re-build times, as well as support for multiple cloud deployment options.In addition, the PowerVault ME4 Series is an affordable entry storage array that’s purpose-built for SAN and DAS environments and designed for versatility. It offers block-only architecture with VMware virtualization integration and includes protective services, like snapshots, replication and self-encrypting Drives (SEDs), along with a Distributed RAID (ADAPT) software architecture.Both Unity XT and the PowerVault ME4 Series are fully integrated with the Dell Technologies data protection ecosystem, granting you the flexibility to select the best backup and recovery solutions to meet your data center requirements. Rest assured knowing our built-in security capabilities equip your IT teams to more efficiently manage resources and focus on innovation.Don’t let security be an afterthought in your IT landscapeBecome a Trusted Data Center Leader with innovative and secure solutions from Dell Technologies. For peace of mind your vital data is protected—wherever it resides and as your business evolves— it’s crucial to choose an IT partner you trust with an end-to-end approach to security. Formidable storage solutions are part of our DNA at Dell Technologies, and we have extensive experience helping organizations to solve IT challenges across their data center.To learn more about the Trusted Data Center research from ESG, read the eBook.
SAINT-DENIS, France (AP) — Many people lining up for vaccines in the Paris suburb of Saint-Denis are particularly grateful for the injections. The surrounding region is the poorest in mainland France, with 130 languages spoken and the country’s highest rise in mortality last spring. Up to 75 percent of the population is made up of immigrants and those with immigrant roots. France’s already troubled vaccine campaign faces special challenges in this region. So officials are sending out a special bus to visit street markets and assigning “vaccination ambassadors” who speak several languages to provide vaccine information — and fight disinformation that spreads fast.
LISBON, Portugal (AP) — A German military medical team has arrived in Lisbon to help Portugal cope with a pandemic surge that has made it the world’s worst-hit country by size of population. The 26-strong German team includes eight doctors and 18 nurses. Portuguese Health Minister Marta Temido said Wednesday they would be deployed at an intensive care unit at Lisbon’s Hospital da Luz. Temido said the deployment addresses an acute problem in Portugal: a shortage of human resources in the public health system. Services have been stretched to the limit after a January spike fueled by a fast-spreading COVID-19 variant first identified in England.
As Democrat Pete Buttigieg celebrated an easy victory in South Bend’s mayoral election Tuesday, he called students to take ownership of the city and work with the local government to solve its problems. Buttigieg was a favorite since the spring primary and defeated Republican Wayne Curry and Libertarian Patrick Farrell. “When I entered this race in January, not many people believed that a young man with a funny name who had never held office before could earn the confidence of a community at a turning point,” Buttigieg said in his victory speech. “But together we have shown that South Bend can transcend old barriers, move beyond old habits and take a chance on a new way forward.” As he addressed the crowd at South Bend’s West Side Democratic Club, Buttigieg said his victory begins “a different kind of campaign.” “Now we have to turn our attention to a new kind of campaign, not a campaign for a candidate, but a campaign for our city, a campaign to make our city stronger and better and safer and cleaner,” he said. Buttigieg said an immediate focus would be economic development. “We are going to gather the leadership of this community to deliver a new economic direction, building on our greatest strengths true to our tradition but looking for new sources of wealth and income and prosperity,” he said. “We must take new risks and create new opportunities. We must, we can, we will, and it all starts tonight.” Notre Dame and its students can play a critical role in the city’s development, Buttigieg told The Observer. “I really need students to get involved,” he said. “In order for our city to move forward, we need to harness the brain power and the energy and the labor of Notre Dame students who should really feel ownership of this city, whether they grew up here or not.” Buttigieg said the University’s recent efforts to engage with the local community are a step in the right direction. “It starts one-on-one,” Buttigieg said. “I’m going to be on campus frequently talking about some of the ways we can work together, and I’m going to be as receptive as I can be to student perspectives and University perspectives. We really need each other to succeed. One of the things I love about my timing is that the University has this newfound interest in engaging with the city, and I can’t wait to take them up on that.” While the College Republicans Club said it did not contribute to Curry’s campaign, many Notre Dame students worked with Buttigieg leading up to his election. Senior Matt LaFortune worked on Buttigieg’s staff as the field director for his campaign. He worked with Congressman Joe Donnelly’s campaign efforts last year and joined the Buttigieg campaign in August. “I helped organize the volunteer activities because we had a lot of volunteers interested in helping with Pete’s campaign,” LaFortune said. LaFortune, a South Bend native, said his responsibilities included organizing volunteers as they placed calls and canvased throughout the city. “The best part was being able to get to know a guy like Pete,” LaFortune said. “He is really going to bring a lot of change to South Bend … Being an ND student and also being from South Bend, I wanted to see a fresh start for this city, and I think Pete is going to do that.” A group of students from College Democrats were also active in the campaign efforts. Club members helped with phone calls and door-to-door campaign visits. College Democrats president Mike O’Brien said Buttigieg visited club meetings on several occasions, including one of the club’s first meetings of the year, to talk about the November election. “Being the mayor is a tough job, but his demeanor is one that, as it showed tonight, attracted a lot of people,” O’Brien said. “He has a lot of energy.” O’Brien said Buttigieg’s character throughout the campaign was an example for his own goals in politics. “Sometimes people talk about connections or money being the key to getting into politics,” O’Brien said. “Pete shows that being really passionate and having a lot of energy is actually what matters … if you are passionate and willing to make a difference, that shows through in your demeanor.” Sophomore Maria Wilson, a College Democrats member, said she helped with canvasing efforts for the Buttigieg campaign. “I think it is important to foster a great relationship with the community, and I think Pete will be a great mayor,” Wilson said. Even though Wilson is a not a native of South Bend, she said local politics should still matter to students on campus. “I don’t think you can look at national politics or international politics if you don’t look at local politics too,” she said. “The local government affects us in our day-to-day lives.”